1. The first two panels are an imagined past in which, at her daughter’s birth, she received enough glue sticks, sharpies, and poster boards that she wouldn’t need to shop for them for 20 years. That didn’t happen. Now, her daughter has a last-minute, urgent need for those supplies, to her annoyance.

  2. The mother in the first two panels is the driver in the third panel. Her appearance has changed somewhat due to the intervening 17 years. Her baby daughter from the first two panels is the passenger in the third panel.

  3. The meaning seems to be “if you were meant to need poster board you would have been born with it” but I think buying it at Staples is a less painful option.

  4. The parents seem to be more delighted at the stationery supplies than at the birth of the kid, as though relieved that the obvious single major expense and inconvenience of having a child had been dealt with in advance. Since it is unlikely that the hospital / midwife / birth canal really provided all those art materials, presumably this is a fantasy of the past, as Usual John suggests: “if only” kids came with such a supply of goodies, then Mother wouldn’t have had to drive to Staples every five minutes. (BTW in the UK Staples no longer exists as a store you can actually drive to.)

  5. I didn’t realize until I got to a bigger screen that the art supplies were supposed to have been — in Mom’s imagination — part of the afterbirth, and therefore the daughter was apologizing for having used it all while in the womb.

    This strip is new to me, by the way, and I too am having problems with the fact that it centers around a woman and her clone.

    Come on, put a pair of glasses on Mom, huh?

  6. “I don’t understand why the mother (in the past) and the daughter (now) look identical.”

    And that never happens IRL?

    Besides, it’s easier and faster to draw ’em both identical.

  7. It does, Andréa: recently my niece wore her hair the way her other used to, and it was really, really weird.

    (For that matter, when I saw my father’s bar mitzvah photo for the first time, my first thought was “I don’t remember ever owning that suit”)

    My problem with PD is that often when the two are in a scene together, Mom doesn’t look significantly older than the daughter (https://godaddyandthesquirrelmustbothdie.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/dress/) — or not to me, anyway.

  8. My problem in telling them apart was because I thought the driver was a blonde. Now I see it’s some kind of hair band and what I thought was shadow is her actual hair.

  9. “. . . Mom doesn’t look significantly older than the daughter . . .”

    MOM’s had an easy life; DAUGHTER’s been livin’ hard. So they match up, looks-wise.

  10. The strip is fairly autobiographical and the kids have always aged at a normal rate. As Usual John mentioned, they’ve made some references to Jess’s resemblance to her mother. BTW, Comics Kingdom strip links only work for premium members past a week or so. Actual image links are more persistent.

  11. Mother and daughter both have the same single hair jutting out over the forehead. Or at least, mother did in the past.
    Being only dimly aware of this strip, it looks like the woman with hair-jut is apologizing for giving birth to a daughter, while neglecting to give birth to art supplies. The fact that they’re different characters…well, it’s not making me a fan of the strip, I’ll just say that and let it go.

  12. Child asks for something obscure at the last minute the day before it’s needed at school and the parent has to go out to a store to get it late at night (rather than not go and thus be a bad parent). The parent grouses “Why didn’t you tell me earlier, like days ago but at the very least as soon as we both got home? We weren’t given a lifetime supply of [whatever] when you were born, you know.” The child imagines how that would work but apologizes for not planning ahead. The parent vows this will be the last time (it isn’t).

    Amusing for those of us with kids who did this, but long enough ago that it is amusing.

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